Posts made in diciembre, 2014

El Juzgado de lo Mercantil nº 2 de Madrid prohibe cautelarmente Uber en toda España

Posted by on 10 diciembre, 2014 in Competencia, Litigios y arbitraje | 0 comments

El Juzgado de lo Mercantil nº 2 de Madrid ha admitido la medida cautelar solicitada por la Asociación Madrileña del Taxi, de prohibición de las actividades en toda España de la empresa americana Uber, que a través de su aplicación online pone en contacto a usuarios y conductores particulares a través del teléfono móvil. Los taxistas acusan a Uber de realizar competencia desleal al no cumplir todos los requisitos legales y fiscales requeridos a los taxistas, produciendose por tanto un desequilibrio.

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Lex Mercatoria: Towards an autonomous international commercial law?

Posted by on 4 diciembre, 2014 in Contratación Internacional | 0 comments

I. Introduction

Since the 1960s, a fierce academic dispute is been held within the international legal community regarding an apparent rebirth of the law merchant, popularly known as lex mercatoria, in the twentieth century. Indeed, the old jus gentium lived and disappeared with the break-up of the Roman Empire and later reappeared with the rebirth of the international trade in the eleventh-century Europe . During the medieval period, the merchants developed trade usages and customs that acquired general application throughout the European merchant community being applied in the consuls and specialised merchant courts that settled disputes in trade fairs and ports . Lately some of the trade customs where codified in merchant laws, for instance the Catalan Llibre de Consulat del Mar, and were applied in merchant courts independently of national and local laws. However, although the lex mercatoria existed from the beginning of the human civilisation and was widely practised in the middle ages it has been ignored as a body of law until recently when some prestigious legal scholars started claiming the rebirth of a new lex mercatoria and its suitability for application to international commercial transactions .

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